Breakin’ the Norm

Les Norman presents topics and stories that inform, inspire, motivate and allow fans to take an introspective look into sports and life, centering around professional, collegiate, high school and youth sports on a national level. Les discusses behind-the-scenes, real-life issues that speak the language of his listeners, featuring guests ranging from the biggest names in sports to your every day local sports ‘heroes’. His topics lend authenticity and knowledge to every sports fan.

“C You In the Major Leagues” Foundation & Blue KC: Jack Gillis

Dayton Moore’s CYITML Foundation/Blue KC’s Coaches with Character June honoree, Rod’s Sports A’s Coach Jack Gillis…

Anthony Ianni

Kids can be cruel…let’s face it, the WORLD can be cruel. That was life for young Anthony Ianni, victim of relentless bullying due to not only his unusual size, but also due to his autism. Told he’d never play sports, graduate high school or become an independently functioning adult, he defied the odds by playing Big Ten College hoops for Michigan State under Tom Izzo, winning 2 conference titles and appearing in a Final Four!! College degree in hand, Ianni now travels the country sharing his anti-bullying campaign….

Sean Swarner

Before his 18th birthday, Sean Swarner was diagnosed with cancer….twice! 2 different forms of cancer put him in a coma and cost him one of his lungs. What did he do? Became the only human being EVER to scale the highest point on all 7 continents, finish the Hawaii Ironman triathlon, and trek to both the North and South Poles…with only 1 lung!! The amazing story of a man that wouldn’t let the threat of death beat him down…

Dr. Jay Rapley

MLB pitchers are now seeking alternatives to major surgery as medicine and technology advance. Many are opting to use PRP instead of Tommy John surgery to save rehab time and save their elbow from greater invasion. My friend and orthopedic surgeon, Dr. Jay Rapley, helps us understand the pros and cons of both types of surgery, what they really are, and how it can potentially help a player’s career…

Annika Sorenstam

Without need of introduction, Annika Sorenstam is arguably the greatest women’s golfer of all time. In my interview with the LPGA legend, she talks fitness, cooking, playing against the men, and some of her most cherished times on the tour…and how her favorite part of her life is right now!!

Ted Barrett

In one of my personal favorite interviews, MLB veteran umpire Ted Barrett talks about his time as a pastor, boxer and the lonely road as an umpire. Ted peels back the curtain to give us a look behind the man in one of the most loathed professions among sports fans….and it’s not what you think!!

Jackie Stiles

One of the greatest women’s basketball players ever to wear the uniform, Hall of Famer Jackie Stiles talks about her days growing up in Claflin, KS, breaking NCAA scoring records, her professional career and what she’s up to now…

“C You In the Major Leagues” Foundation & Blue KC: Brian Driskell

Each month in 2017, the “C You In the Major Leagues” Foundation, created by Royals GM Dayton Moore, is partnering with Blue KC to select one of the KC Metro “Coaches of Character”. Each coach will receive VIP treatment from the Royals and be recognized at a dinner held by Moore in September. The April honoree, Grain Valley HS Varisty Baseball coach Brian Driskell, is the first winner of the award, and here is his interview!

Tyler Anderson

Throughout my professional baseball career, I’ve had 4 shoulder surgeries, but the most recent was the worst of them all. With all the damage, I needed the best to get me through my PT; I’m active in coaching, working out and overall fitness, and this would be no easy task! Enter in my PT, Boost Physical Therapy & Sports Performance own TYLER ANDERSON! Meet the man who help heal my body, help me battle through pain and age, how he became, IMO, the BEST at what he does, and how he can help YOU do the same!!

Ed Henry and Julie Foudy

In the first segment, I’ll talk with Fox News Chief White House Correspondent ED HENRY as he details his new book “42 faith”, the untold story of how faith brought Jackie Robinson, Branch Rickey and Major League Baseball together.

Segments 2 and 3, 17 year US Olympic Soccer veteran and 2-time Gold Medalist JULIE FOUDY tells me about her leadership academy for young girls, why it’s so important to raise leaders, her new book “Choose to Matter”, and what some of her favorite things are in life.

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Les and Kristin brought a very real, heartfelt, life changing and Christ-centered message.  People are still referencing the impact of their ministry here at our church.  I know that God is using them to confront issues in our culture today and bring true transformation.

Brian Ross
Head Pastor, Faith Chapel-Spring Valley, CA

We are celebrating our 33rd year in business here at Heartland Tan….Our 2016 EXPO featured Les Norman, former Kansas City Royal…. Les brought a humorous, thoughtful, and timely message for our customers… a fresh personal perspective from Les was well received-we had numerous compliments!  I really appreciated his related stories in context…..We plan to work again with Les in the future!

Brad Nelson
Co-Owner, Heartland Tanning

I really appreciate this follow up very much. It is difficult to explain how timely and how powerful the marriage conference was.  Your transparency and authority in the Word of God was JUST what I needed.  I appreciate this encouragement and I will definitely keep in touch!

Brandon H.
Conference Attendee

Our men’s TGIW Bible study group was deeply impacted by the raw and real words of Les & Kristin Norman as they shared on “Living Beyond The Masks.” It was especially meaningful to hear both of them communicate the pain, as well as the forgiveness, which they experienced…

Rod Handley
President & Founder, Character That Counts

Thank you for blessing the men of Mission Hills with your message this evening.  I believe hearts were changed and wives and children will reap the blessings of husbands and fathers who came home different men tonight because of the gospel they received tonight…

Gary G.
Men’s BBQ Attendee

“I’ve known Les almost 20 years since our playing days in Cleveland. Les is a man of many gifts… baseball player, teacher, speaker, communicator, motivator, friend, husband, and dad.
A man of character God has used to impact so many.”

Kevin Seitzer
11 yr. MLB Veteran, Atlanta Braves Hitting Coach

Each time I have shared a speaking engagement with Les whether in person or on the radio I have come away with such a great feeling. Les is very professional, adapts to his audience, shares a great passion for his listeners and challenges them to action. Les understands the importance of his faith, family and the influence he has as a former major league player. He has set the priorities for his life and is doing a great job communicating his message to all of us.

Bill Severns
Author "Keepers of the Sandlot"

Today was such a wonderful event – the energy in the room was palpable.  I have received numerous emails this morning and afternoon complimenting CASA on the breakfast – and everyone mentions how touched they were by your story and your support for our organization.  I can’t thank you enough for your heartfelt speech and wonderful endorsement – it made a huge difference today!  Thank you so much for all your help and inspiration – I am so glad that CASA brought you into our circle! It has been a true gift.

Martha Gershun
Executive Director, Jackson County CASA

Les is one of the most effective communicators that I know.  He has the ability to take a difficult or complex subject and break it down into practical information that you can not only understand, but, put into practice right away. Les speaks with conviction, compassion and knowledge.  He balances his subtle humor with a unique sincerity and as a result, his entire audience will come away from their time with Les extremely motivated and personally challenged.

Mike Lusardi
former KC Chiefs & KC Royals Chaplain